Oliver Black Commits To MSU

Wingfield (MS) High School 2014 forward Oliver Black commits to Mississippi State.

  • Name: Oliver Black
  • Classification: 2014
  • High School: Wingfield High School (Jackson, MS)
  • Position: Power Forward
  • HT-WT: 6-foot-9, 215
  • Colleges of Interest: Committed to Mississippi State

  • Black committed to Mississippi State Sunday night.

    "When (Mississippi State head) Coach (Rick) Ray called me I wasn't expected it to be that soon because we had another tournament in Las Vegas," said Black. "When he asked me to be a Bulldog it was shocking. I paused for a minute because it was shocking but after about a minute I said yes."

    His AAU basketball coach, Marc Rowe of MBA Hoops, talked about why he chose Mississippi State.

    "He likes the coaches and the fact that the program is developing," said Rowe. "He wanted to be a part of developing the Mississippi State program."

    Rowe described the type player Black is.

    "He is a faceup four," said Rowe. "He can play with his back to the basket but he can also put it on the floor and shoot the mid-range and the three. He has a great touch for a big man. He's also very athletic."

    His versatility is the main thing the Bulldog staff liked about him.

    "I like to say that I am very versatile, said Black. "I can play under the basket or step out and play on the perimeter. I can guard real well, too, not just big men but guards, too."

    According to Rowe, Black also had an offer from Oklahoma State. Black also said that Florida Atlantic, Ole Miss and Tulane were also showing interest in him.

    Black, after scoring 19 points and pulling down 8 rebounds, was named the Most Valuable Player of the 59th annual Mississippi North-South All-Star Basketball game, which was played July 8th in Clinton, MS.

    During his junior season, he averaged 7.6 points per game, 7.8 rebounds per game and 3.5 blocks per contest.

    Black is MSU's third commitment of the class of 2014, joining small forward Demetrius Houston and shooting guard Maurice Dunlap.

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